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Cowan to miss prelim

St Mary’s star Josh Cowan. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LUCKLESS St Mary’s midfielder Josh Cowan will miss Saturday’s preliminary final clash with St Joseph’s after scans revealed a low-grade hamstring strain.

The former Geelong player was forced from the field early in the Saints’ first semi-final win over Newtown & Chilwell and didn’t return.

“Not even Superman can get up from a low-grade hamstring strain in a week, let alone a six-day turnaround,” co-coach Travis Robertson said.

“He’s back into recovery mode; he’s been there before.

“He’s certainly not going to play this week, and if we were lucky to win this week, he might come into consideration (for the grand final).

But, he’s got a fair bit of work to do.”

Robertson admits St Mary’s would have to weigh up the risk of bringing Cowan in if it was to take on Colac in the decider on September 21.

“I felt the rotation we didn’t have from the first five minutes probably hurt us a bit, with blokes having to do more time in the middle than we had initially planned,” he said.

“So, those are the things you have to consider.”

Up to five players are in the mix to replace Cowan.

“Dylan McMahon, Zak Sherman, Petey Kol and Harry McMahon, and Ned Shannon’s another one,” he said.

“He’s new to the club but added a bit for us. He’s been squeezed out from a selection opportunity because of points.

“But now ‘Fish’ (Cowan) as five is out, that changes the conversation.”

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